Mike came to us in 2003 initially to help GLFPD through a rigorous ISO audit and quickly became our first paid fire chief. He has a Bachelors degree in finance from CU and Masters degree in Executive Leadership, also having graduated from the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program offered by the National Fire Academy in Maryland. With over 20 years in the fire service and 35 total in emergency services, Mike is also an active flight instructor, mountain biker and sailor, not to mention the very proud father of Rachael, now a marketing consultant in the Seattle area.
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Believe it or not, Blake got an even earlier start in his fire service career than Colin did, as a 13 year old Explorer in Monument Colorado. Blake has classes towards his Fire Science degree from Pikes Peak College. At 19 Blake was hired on as a paid firefighter in Monument. Simultaneously, Blake worked as an Emergency Room Technician in Colorado Springs to build a very broad experience base as an EMT. Blake was hired onto GLFPD as a career firefighter in 2014 and is currently in charge of our EMS program and the Resident Firefighter program.
Having joined GLFPD as a volunteer in 2009, and then being hired into a full time firefighter position in 2014, Mike has been very active with our organization since day one. Bringing his vast knowledge of construction and mechanics to GLFPD, Mike has been instrumental in keeping our apparatus and facilities running well. Along with the other paid staff, Mike is completing a one year Fire Officer Development Program hosted here in the County. Mike’s wife Sarah and daughter Evie are a huge part of Mike’s life here in Grand Lake.